Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reportedly killed in Syria by U.S. forces,reports say

The US has conducted a raid in Syria targeting the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to various reports. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is believed to have been killed in the raid.

A US official told Reuters an operation had taken place targeting Baghdadi,  but did not affirm whether it had succeeded in seizing or killing him.

A commander of one of the militant factions in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib told Baghdadi was thought to have been killed in a raid after midnight on Saturday including helicopters, warplanes and a ground clash in the village of Brisha near the Turkish border.

Two Iraqi security sources and two Iranian officials announced they had obtained confirmation from inside Syria that Baghdadi had been killed.

“Our sources from inside Syria have confirmed to the Iraqi intelligence team tasked with pursuing Baghdadi that he has been killed alongside his personal bodyguard in Idlib after his hiding place was discovered when he tried to get his family out of Idlib towards the Turkish border,” one of the Iraqi officials said.

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